In his 7 years, my son has been through a lot of shoes. First of all, they grow and change so quickly. Second, boys are BRUTAL on shoes. And third, there always seems to be something odd with them that keeps him from being 100% comfortable in them.
When it comes to back-to-school shoes I have a few goals in mind when shopping.
- Versatile – I want him to be able to wear them anywhere (except maybe something extremely formal).
- Durable – so long as he doesn’t outgrown them, I want them to last the whole year, more often than not, they don’t.
- Easy to tie or latch – he can tie his shoes just fine, but he has trouble getting them to stay tied. I don’t like velcro, but laces also aren’t working for us.
- Good comfortable fit – there is always something my son complains about with his shoes, I am determined to find a pair that he doesn’t find something wrong with.
We’ve tried so many different brands of shoes, but we had never tried Teva.
I’ve always been interested in Teva but always considered them more of an extreme outdoor shoe company. I didn’t realize the breadth of their shoe offerings. Teva is a company that prides itself on it’s philanthropic activities. They aim to help improve the water quality on our planet, among other things, and during 2011 for every pair of Teva shoes sold they are helping protect 1 linear foot of global waterways.
For every pair of Teva shoes sold in 2011, we will help protect a linear foot of global waterways in rivers, lakes and oceans. We are targeting to steward 4.3 million feet/1.3 million meters worldwide by the end of the year.
Teva Kid’s Charge
The Teva Kid’s Charge shoes are an adventure style shoe that look good enough for everyday wear. They can be worn by boys or girls and come in a regular and waterproof version.
• The Charge Kids is designed for adventurous kids who like to play hard
• Features Durabrasion Rubber outsole which offers versatile traction
• Synthetic leather and mesh upper provides protection
• Stretchy draw-cord lacing system makes it easy to take on and off
They come in 3 colors, Gunmetal which is grey with yellow accents, Harvest Pumpkin which is grey with orange accents and Very Berry which is grey with dark pink accents.
My son picked out the Gunmetal color for himself, I think he liked the name. Picking a size is always hard, especially when ordering online, but I kept in mind that I wanted them to fit the whole year. After reading reviews on Zappos.com, I opted for the 3.5 even though a 3 is often a little big on him.
So, let’s see how the Teva Kid’s Charge stack up against my 4 goals for back-to-school shoes:
These are great looking shoes. I think the style is rugged yet appropriate for most activities, including school and he could even get by wearing them with slacks for something less casual. Obviously weddings and funerals would require something more formal, but overall the Teva Kid’s Charge achieve the versatility I was looking for.
It’s hard to say for sure without seeing how they hold up after months of use, but the Teva Kid’s Charge seem solidly constructed, and the sole seems like it will hold up to a lot of abuse. My son frequently wears out the sole in the heal on his shoes before any other part, breaking them open and exposing his feet to the possibility of water and other things getting into the shoe. Time will tell, but I’m optimistic with the Teva Kid’s Charge.
3. Ease of use:
This shoe totally solves our loose laces problem without velcro. The draw-cord lacing makes it easy for him to get them “just right” and prevents him from having to deal with his shoes constantly coming untied.
The 3 1/2 in the Teva Kid’s Charge does seem to run a bit slow small, but for my purposes, I picked the right size. If the durability factor holds up, there is no reason he won’t be wearing these the entire school year. What is great about this shoe too, is often when I get a bigger size for him, they are too wide and loose. These still have a snug fit across the top, but not so snug they will cause problems. He did complain a little about how snug they are, but we all know they will stretch a bit as he wears them day in and day out. I think they will end up fitting him perfectly once he breaks them in.
How did he like them?
Well, I told him to take them off because they are for school and he said “please, can I wear them now?”
Note: we received a pair of Teva Kid’s Charge in order to facilitate our review.